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The best statements tend to be genuine and specific from the very start. You'll be on the right track if you show your enthusiasm for the subject or course, your understanding of it, and what you want to achieve.

Admissions tutors – the people who read and score your personal statement – say don’t get stressed about trying to think of a ‘killer opening’. Discover the advice below and take your time to think about how best to introduce yourself.

Liz Bryan: HE Coordinator and Careers Advisor, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Preparing to write your personal statement.

Start by making some notes . The personal statement allows admissions tutors to form a picture of who you are. So, for the opener, think about writing down things, such as:

If you’re applying for multiple courses , think about how your skills, academic interests, and the way you think are relevant to all the courses you've chosen.

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Top tips on how to write your statement opener

We spoke to admissions tutors at unis and colleges – read on for their tips.

1. Don't begin with the overkill opening

Try not to overthink the opening sentence. You need to engage the reader with your relevant thoughts and ideas, but not go overboard .

Tutors said: ‘The opening is your chance to introduce yourself, to explain your motivation for studying the course and to demonstrate your understanding of it. The best personal statements get to the point quickly. Go straight in. What excites you about the course and why do you want to learn about it more?’

Be succinct and draw the reader in, but not with a gimmick. This isn't the X Factor. Admissions tutor

2. Write about why you want to study that course

Think about why you want to study the course and how you can demonstrate this in your written statement :

’Your interest in the course is the biggest thing. Start with a short sentence that captures the reason why you’re interested in studying the area you’re applying for and that communicates your enthusiasm for it. Don't waffle or say you want to study something just because it's interesting. Explain what you find interesting about it.’

It's much better to engage us with something interesting, relevant, specific and current in your opening line… Start with what's inspiring you now, not what inspired you when you were six. Admissions tutor

3. Avoid cliches

Try to avoid cliches and the most obvious opening sentences so you stand out from the very first line . UCAS publishes a list of common opening lines each year. Here are just some overused phrases to avoid using in your personal statement:

And try not to use quotes . Quotations are top of the list of admissions tutors' pet hates.

4. Maybe don't begin at the start?

’Concentrate on the main content of your statement and write the introduction last. I think the opening line is the hardest one to write, so I often say leave it until the end and just try and get something down on paper.’

It may be easier to get on with writing the main content of your statement and coming back to the introduction afterwards –that way you will also know what you’re introducing.

I often advise applicants to start with paragraph two, where you get into why you want to study the course. That's what we're really interested in. Admissions tutor

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Joseph Bolton: Year 2 History& Politics student, University of Liverpool

One final thought

Think about making a link between your opening sentence and closing paragraph – a technique sometimes called the 'necklace approach’.

You can reinforce what you said at the start or add an extra dimension. For example, if you started with an interesting line about what’s currently motivating you to study your chosen degree course, you could link back to it at the end, perhaps with something about why you’d love to study this further at uni.

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My interest in engineering began after a visit from The Bloodhound Project at my secondary school. The brief talk we received on the aerodynamics, engine and braking system of the car left me wanting to find out more about the world of engineering. I reached a conclusion that engineering required a wide combination of skills ranging from, attention to detail, communication, scientific and mathematic ability. I believe that the skills I have obtained through academic and extra-curricular experience have served well as a magnificent foundation by giving me the confidence to work excellently under pressure and in a group.

During Year 12 Physics we covered the topic Forces and Motion where the maths behind physics is deeply explored. I was distinctly struck by projectile motion, as when you see an object moving, it may seem simple and uncomplicated, however analysing and understanding how and why the object moved in a certain direction and at a certain velocity was very interesting learn about the prospect of being involved with the engineering behind automobiles. I set out to find the qualities that are essential for becoming a successful engineer through reading about Nikola Tesla, Gustave Eiffel and many others. Amongst all these great engineers, Isambard Brunel inspired me the most. This is because although his projects were not always successful, he was often able to solve other long-standing engineering problems through innovative solutions that could be applied to these other problems.

Becoming a major Formula 1 enthusiast really took my passion for engineering to another level. The speed F1 cars are able to reach is palpable and the fact that the aerodynamics required for the cars to generate the downforce to perform at this speed, is designed and built by humans inspires to be involved in such a project. I read an article which delved deep into a Formula One team and explained the importance of all the engineers involved. Each team contains on average 3,000 engineers, working on just two cars, this stood out significantly for me as it put into perspective how complexed the smallest components on an F1 car are such as the steering wheel. Work experience with Costain and Skanska introduced me to the demands involved in the field of engineering. Having a positive attitude and a good relationship with colleagues proved very important in sustaining a strong workforce under high pressure. Observing and shadowing the engineers helped me understand the dexterity involved in a job like this. Witnessing the business aspect of engineering enlightened me on different dimensions involved with being an engineer. Being introduced to clause 31 and 32 left me wanting to learn more about the business aspect of engineering, so to do this I read ‘Business and commercial aspects of engineering’ by John Hunt where he explored ways in which business and commercial considerations affect manufacturing, product design and quality assurance. I played in my secondary school’s football and rugby, as well as a football team outside of school and, have occasionally captained my team, where I have realised the importance of a positive mentality, creative and innovative thinking to achieve the goal set.

My extra-curricular activities in and out of school have enhanced my ability to lead a group. I joined stem club at the beginning of year 12 and this has contributed to the improvement of my problem-solving skills which has helped me significantly in my maths modules and physics. I am currently working part-time at Brands Hatch Race Circuit. I play the piano and am currently working on towards grade 6; piano allows me to improve my thinking skills on the spot. My schedule is very busy and challenges me to manage my time carefully making time for all aspects. I am always challenging my own understanding and I believe that I have the right attitude, skills and personality for this degree. I feel that a career in engineering will make good use of my strengths.

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Today, we are looking through an Engineering applicant’s Personal Statement that helped secure a place at Oxford University. The Engineering Course at Oxford is based on a unified course in Engineering Science, which integrates study of the subject across the traditional boundaries of engineering disciplines.

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I have always considered myself creative; much of my youth was spent designing and building with my Dad in his workshop. I would read encyclopaedias on cars and watch design-related TV programmes such as BBC’s Robot Wars, analysing the strengths and weaknesses of each robot and thinking about how they could be improved. This background, combined with a genuine enjoyment of mathematics and physics, has given me a desire to read engineering at university.

Reading Marcus du Sautoy’s “The Music of the Primes” and Simon Singh’s “Fermat’s Last Theorem” has shown how individuals have dedicated their lives to solving seemingly simple problems. The main attraction of these books and mathematics more widely, is problem solving, which is also what draws me to engineering. Solving a wide variety of problems is something I really enjoy; in the most recent UKMT Senior Maths Challenge, I was awarded a gold certificate, also the best score in my year at school.

Studying physics at A-Level has helped me to understand the world, and answered questions I had as a child; why does a satellite stay in orbit? How does gravity work? Why does a clock pendulum keep in time? My favourite aspect of physics is mechanics, complemented by my maths mechanics modules. The application of physics and mechanics to engineering was obvious from the outset; it is a fundamental skill set which bridges the gap between science and invention. I also enjoy studying Further Pure Mathematics, in particular calculus, and am interested in how the solutions of second order differential equations apply to problems in mechanics.

Projects including designing and making a desk lamp, a torch and bench vice grips in GCSE Engineering gave me an initial insight into the discipline. The course gave me hands on experience with equipment typical of an engineering department. Considering the benefits of materials was important too; from an economic, aesthetic, and practical perspective. I also secured work experience at a BMW Mini Plant in the ‘Whole Vehicle Analysis’, section. One project involved heating up a Mini’s bonnet to address complaints from customers in hot countries that the bonnet scoop sagged. I used CNC measuring equipment and helped to write up one of a series of reports, resulting in an alloy being added to the scoop so it retained its structure. The week introduced me to engineering in the real world, the importance of quality control and precision and the cost of a company’s mistakes.

Aside from my studies, I have always had a musical interest and am working towards grade 7 piano. I completed work experience at the local ‘Yamaha Homeworld’ music shop specialising in top range digital pianos. I am constantly impressed at how a digital piano can look, feel, and respond exactly like a real piano. I like being part of a team and am a keen rugby and cricket player. Being elected as prefect and head boy has further helped me to work well, and get on with others, as well as improving my public speaking. This has been complemented by taking Grade 8 ‘Speaking in Public’ last year, in which I achieved a distinction. I now feel confident talking in front of large groups and being able to communicate my ideas easily. Reading Steven Johnson’s “Where Good Ideas Come From” discussed the theory that “ideas are generated by crowds where connection is more important than protection” and for me this epitomises the importance of team work and communication within engineering.

Ultimately, I would like to play a role in the future of our rapidly developing world; studying engineering at university will not only give me the skills to do this, but will also stimulate my passion for mathematics and science.

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Good Points Of The Personal Statement

This is an excellent statement.

The student begins with personal reasons as to why they are interested in engineering, and by the end of the introduction, the reader is left in no doubt that the student is absolutely sure they want to pursue engineering at a higher level. The student successfully describes a range of experiences and interests covering several engineering disciplines and keeps the application general enough to be relevant to a general engineering degree. The statement is well-structured with a clear introduction, main body, and end.

Bad Points Of The Personal Statement

Although the student mentions several experiences/interests covering several engineering disciplines, they fall short of naming a specific engineering discipline that captures their interest.

Whilst this is not a requirement, naming a particular field of engineering as capturing one’s interest above other fields would demonstrate a level of decisiveness to the reader. Many universities do not offer general engineering degrees, and it is possible a student who is applying for engineering at Oxford or Cambridge will also make several applications to universities for specific engineering disciplines.

It is important to keep the statement general enough for applications to general engineering courses but also specific enough for applications to individual engineering disciplines. This would have been possible by stating an interest in a particular engineering discipline.

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This is an excellent statement, one that is well-written and well-structured. The student’s motivation to study engineering is clear, although the student falls short of naming a specific field of engineering which capture’s their interest above all others.

Because of this one negative, we’re awarding this statement 4/5 stars. However, it’s important to note this rating is based on the overall strength of the statement. Although it had potential to be a little stronger, this had no impact on the number of offers the candidate received.

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I am looking forward to a classroom environment where students are not afraid to challenge themselves; classmates that are willing to work together and to push me outside of my limits. Cornell University will embrace me as a person who enjoys spending time on numerous activities like learning about the human body, singing, and giving back to the community.

My interests in engineering stems from participating in various science competitions and being a Captain of the Cougar Robotics team in my high school. Constructing and programming a robot that has the ability to pick up a cube from the ground, climb up a rope, and throw a basketball was mind-blowing. Additionally, I come from a family of engineers who have transitioned into careers in medicine. Intriguing translational ideas such as the use of nanotechnology, regenerative tissue growth, and the development of biocompatible prostheses are worthwhile engaging during my time at Cornell. Both robotics and my family pedigree made my decision to pursue a career in engineering clearer.

When visiting the campus this past fall, I fell in love with the concepts exuded by Cornell’s College of Engineering such as the focus on civic engagement and attention to a larger global conversation. I am also eager to study Environmental Engineering through integrative research, conversing with distinguished faculty such as Professor John D. Albertson and using the Cornell’s state-of-the-art research facility, Center for a Sustainable Future. Cornell’s College of Engineering intrigues me as I can take unconventional courses related to my major to apply the combination of mathematics, basic science, engineering science, and creativity to address a range of environmental challenges.

Cornell Engineering has what I need to pursue my engineering endeavors. The Project Teams gives possibility to apply what I learned from my courses to real life engineering problems and work with my peers to create a project that I am passionate. Project Teams are an effective method of integrating teamwork into an unique undergraduate education that is perfect for developing a strong engineering background. Further, Cornell has an open community that values dialogue among people with strong intellectual minds and views, even outside of the classroom. This will allow an easier way to communicate with others to develop solutions to problems in not only the local community, but in the world.

Using my research, courses, the community, and Project Teams, I will be able to solve many prominent conflicts for the environment through engineering such as providing clean drinking water for everyone, reducing the carbon footprint of each person, and a more practical solution to waste products. For example, I will create miniature drones specialized in creating a topographic map to see.

I believe that the Cornell Engineering community has a uniquely curious, playful, and collaborative platform that emanates intellectual diversity. Cornell provides me with the opportunity to connect with the Ithaca community through Encourage Young Engineering Students and participate in the Women in Computing at Cornell. Cornell University’s strengths in Environmental Engineering and undergraduate research, combined with a beautiful suburban campus, academic rigor, and global reach have solidified that Cornell is the place for me.

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Engineering CV: Examples & Personal Statement

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Learn how to optimise your engineering CV to the highest tolerances and get the ultimate formula for constructing job-hunting success.

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As an engineer you act as the interface between research and reality. You’re the catalyst that helps bring innovation into the real world. Whatever your discipline, your job involves finding the most effective solutions to a problem and achieving the best outcome.

The good news is that you can use exactly the same approach to help you find the best engineering jobs. And you can do that with an engineering CV that’s constructed to the highest standards.

Read on and you’ll see engineering CV examples that will help you implement your own perfectly designed job application. And you’ll discover a simple formula for writing an engineer CV that’ll help you get more interviews than any CV you’ve written before.

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Now for the job-winning formula for your engineering CV.

1. Choose the Best Format for Your Engineering CV

An engineer uses mathematics and science to solve problems. They help to transform scientific discoveries into commercially viable applications that meet real-world needs. The discipline of engineering is so broad that it’s hard to define exactly what they do. But it’s the intelligent methods that engineers use to solve problems that makes them unique.

So the purpose of your engineering CV is to show that you’re adept at intelligently solving problems in your chosen field. And there’s an established formula for writing your CV that’s the proven method of solving your job search problems. Here it is.

Read more: How to Layout a CV: Professional Guidelines and Tips

2. Build Your Engineering CV Personal Statement

Your engineering personal statement, or personal profile, is the first section of your CV. It acts as the introduction to the main body of your CV and in just 3–4 sentences it has to convince the hiring manager to keep reading. The best way to write it is to focus on the following questions.

All you need to do is answer those questions differently depending on your level of experience. If you’re just launching your career and writing an engineering graduate CV then do this.

If you’re more experienced, then follow this formula.

And in both situations it’s best to write this section of your CV last. That way your work experience and skills are already laid out and ready to refer to.

Read more: How to Write a Professional CV Summary

3. Construct Your Engineering CV Work Experience Section

Your work experience section is the linchpin of your CV. If you get it wrong the wheels will come off your job application, so here’s how to make sure it holds firm. 

Read more: What to Include in Your CV Work Experience Section

4. Include an Education Section in Your Engineer CV

Engineering is a highly technical field, so it’s essential to show you’ve got an education to match. Your formal education in mathematical and scientific disciplines forms the basis for your professional achievements. Here’s how to get this section right.

5. Prove Your Engineering CV Skills

Biomedical, petroleum, mechanical, civil and electrical. Those are just a few of the dozens of fields of specialisation in engineering. Each one demands its own unique set of skills. So which skills are best to include on your CV? Here’s how to choose them.

Here’s a general list of skills that would make a great addition to your engineering CV. Just ensure that you include hard skills relevant to your area of specialisation, too.

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Read more: What Skills Should I Put on My CV? Best Examples

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6. Bolt-On Some Additional CV Sections

As an engineer, how do you approach your work?

You chose the second option of course, and your CV is just the same. You can stop with your skills section and you’ll have got the job done but for the optimal solution you need some extra sections. So here are some ideas.

Read more: Best Hobbies and Interests to Include on Your CV

7. Write an Engineering CV Cover Letter

The word engineer is derived from the Latin ingenium , which means cleverness. And the smartest thing you can do with your engineering job application is to write a cover letter to accompany your engineer CV. They’re still considered best practice for job seekers . 

Here’s what to include in a cover letter for engineering jobs:

And after you’ve sent off your job application there’s one more thing you need to do. Follow it up. If there’s no reply after a week, make contact to check on the status of your application. This last simple step can help distinguish you from other applicants and increase your chances of success.

And that’s all. Now you’re ready to write an engineering CV that’d make Isambard Kingdom Brunel proud.

Plus, a great cover letter that matches your CV will give you an advantage over other candidates. You can write it in our cover letter builder here.  Here's what it may look like:

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I hope you found our civil engineer CV template useful. If you’ve got tips for different specialisations like a mechanical engineer CV or a design engineer CV, then let us know. Use the comments section to share your knowledge. We’d love to hear from you.

Jacques Buffett, CPRW

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Mechanical Engineering Personal Statement Example 30

I remember my first experience of engineering was when I was quite young. In year 2, a couple of students and I were taken to complete a project where we had to build a small cart out of household items and we competed against schools in our local area to see how far our cars could travel down a ramp. However, we didn’t do very well. Obviously, the reasoning was far above my understanding at the time but experiences like that established an inquisitiveness for the way the world works especially regarding engineering.

My interest in engineering and computer science has determined my choices at A Level as Maths, Further Maths, Physics. I also study Music as it’s one of my passions and am about to complete my Grade 8 Piano. I love problem solving; it is what engineering is all about. To develop my problem solving skills, I started attending further physics sessions in Year 12. Using Isaac Physics, we worked through higher level questions including mechanics. Motivated by these sessions, I asked my teachers to recommend some resources that provided a greater challenge and my physics teacher brought out a book called “Professor Povey's Perplexing Problems''. This has provided a great insight into the world of physics in general. Since joining The Royal Latin, I have also been selected to take part in UKMT Maths Challenges and British Physics Olympiads and receive bronze and silver awards regularly. I particularly enjoy these because they encourage thinking outside the box and develop problem-solving; they are part of the reason why I wanted to study A level Further Maths.

During Sixth Form, I put myself forward to join [Insert Sixth Form]’s student leadership team. Following a very rigorous and thorough interview process, I was selected to be deputy head boy. This role has enabled me to work with younger students, parents and staff. During the year I have developed my time management and organisational skills enabling me to balance my academic studies with this added responsibility. Taking parents and prospective students on tours of the school has developed my communication skills further and I’m very proud to be representing my school in this way.

I have taken the opportunity to complete my DofE Gold award whilst at school. I am a keen sportsman and enjoy sports such as swimming and cycling. For the service part of the award, I am a volunteer coach at my swimming club. Working with other coaches and talking to swimmers has definitely improved my communication, confidence and teamwork skills. Another one of my hobbies is computing. During Summer 2021, I applied for the CS50: Introduction to Computer Science course that is led by Harvard University on edX. While also studying C, Python and computing fundamentals, this course offered me an insight into how lectures and homework assignments are like at a university and gave me a chance to establish independent learning skills.

I took the initiative to arrange work experience with a company called EM Motorsport for a week. In this role, I helped to build the control panels for the Bahrain Grand Prix that year. This involved soldering wires to boards, building the control panel itself and briefly looking at the code. I particularly enjoyed the week as I’m interested in Formula 1 and the inner workings of cars. I’d also love to be a part of a Formula Student team and build and design cars . I enjoy watching videos on the topic and I am subscribed to channels such as Engineering Explained. Road cycling has played a big part in my interest in engineering and in particular the mechanical workings and aerodynamic saving. I enjoy researching newer technologies that are being developed such as the effort to decrease rolling resistance in tires, testing the sweet spots between aerodynamic design and low weight for hills. Therefore a degree in engineering or computer science will provide a good foundation for this and I relish the opportunity of studying for it at university.

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I decided to apply to Cambridge pretty late (like 2 weeks before the deadline) so I can't imagine it's the best personal statement I could've produced but I'm still pretty happy with it. I was never good with writing but it does the job I think. If I could redo it, I'd probably include some more academic content and try to come up with a less cringy/cliche introduction. Not too hopeful about Cambridge (especially with the ENGAA lmao) but it doesn't hurt to try ig. Happy to answer any Qs! 3977 characters with spaces, 667 words.

Applying to: Southampton Bath Loughborough Cambridge Warwick (but for Computer Science)

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